Wine collectors sometimes refer to their rare vintages as treasures. So it only makes sense that some wine cabinets should look like fortified treasure chests (they do), and some glass-enclosed wine cellars could be made to look like silver jewellery boxes. This is just what …
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Wine rack kits are affordable, high-quality options for setting up home storage for your wine collection. Any true wine lover will set up proper wine storage space, creating the option to buy in bulk and take advantage of other opportunities to cut the cost of …
Wine storage is widely known to be best in cellar-like conditions, but far fewer wine drinkers understand the importance of the cork. The idea behind creating a wine cellar is to provide the perfect environment for wine to be stored so that it ages properly. For storage of a year or more, natural cork in a wine bottle is a crucial component in the process of wine maturation. The fact that most wine racks are built to store wine horizontally has to do with the cork, but that’s not all. The cork takes the spotlight in wine cellars in several ways.
Horizontal wine racks
For a cork to perform the way it is meant to, it must stay wet by maintaining contact with the wine. Horizontal wine racks are ideal because they keep the cork wet. If the cork does not stay wet, the result will be that the cork dries out, shrinks, and allows oxygen to get to the wine. This results in oxidation. Oxidized wine turns into vinegar, totally spoiling the anticipated flavor and enjoyment of the wine.
Constant Wine Storage Temperature
An essential part of wine storage is maintaining a constant temperature that rarely fluctuates. When there are swings in temperature, the wine will continuously expand and contract, which ultimately damages the cork’s integrity. As the cork is pulled in and out by the effects of changing temperatures, eventually, wine can seep along the outer edge of the cork, between the bottle neck and the cork. This allows air in, which is another way wine becomes oxidized. Due to the importance of maintaining a constant temperature, wine cellars are best built by professionals who understand how to properly insulate a wine cellar and how to choose a wine cellar cooling unit of the correct size for the space.
Another fundamental aspect of proper wine storage is keeping the environment clean and free of foodstuffs and other items that introduce strong smells. Odors can permeate corks and contaminate the wine. Don’t store bleach or foods such as cheeses in your wine cellar, since they can ruin the wine through the cork. If mice and insects are drawn to the cellar because of the presence of food, they also tend to chew corks and gnaw on wine labels.
Experts in Wine Storage
The professional builders at Rosehill Wine Cellars know all the details of proper wine storage, including the significance of wine corks. There is an undeniable connection between wine storage and corks, just as proper wine storage is linked to enjoying the taste of fine bottles of wine.
A practical step involved in building a wine cellar is to determine if a traditional wine cellar has the desired features or if you prefer a modern or transitional style. Other aspects of your custom wine cellar can be left to professionals, as long as …
Experts recommend that wine cellar designers choose all the same type of wood when planning and building a wine cellar. Rosehill Wine Cellars offers consumers a wide selection of different hardwoods, including African Sapele, Black Walnut, Red Oak, White Oak, White Maple, Cherry and more. …
Wine Collectors acquire odd-sized bottles and require appropriate shelving
Standard wine racks hold standard sized wine bottles (750 ml), and they make no considerations for large format wine bottles that are now so popular with wine lovers. Cellar designers have to make their own remedies. Modern wine cellars include wine racks that accommodate larger bottles because they are excellent investments. A magnum bottle equals two standard bottles. The wine stored in a Magnum or larger tastes better and has more value. Wine bottles can be massive, holding an amount equal to 40 standard wine bottles.
Why are big bottles becoming more popular? Large formats tend to be consumed at large gatherings and the bottle can become a memento signaling the communal enjoyment of wine that has aged in a large format wine bottle. Fashion large wine bottles into gorgeous display pieces, once the wine has all been poured. It’s not a problem to store large wine bottles because Rosehill Wine Cellars has a variety of racks for that very purpose. But what about the challenge of serving wine from a huge bottle? Rosehill has the solution for pouring from large format bottles, as well.
Wine Bottle Sizes Chart
187.5 ml Piccolo or Split: Typically used for a single serving of Champagne.
375 ml Demi or Half: Holds one-half of the standard 750 ml size.
750 ml Standard: Common bottle size for most distributed wine.
1.5 L Magnum: Equivalent to two standard 750 ml bottles.
3.0 L Double Magnum: Equivalent to two Magnums or four standard 750 ml bottles.
4.5 L Jeroboam (still wine): Equivalent to six standard 750 ml bottles.
6.0 L Imperial: Equivalent to eight standard 750 ml bottles or two Double Magnums.
9.0 L Salmanazar: Equivalent to twelve standard 750 ml bottles or a full case of wine!
12.0 L Balthazar: Equivalent to sixteen standard 750 ml bottles or two Imperials.
15.0 L Nebuchadnezzar: Equivalent to twenty standard 750 ml bottles.
Big Bottle Wall Mount
Available at Rosehill Wine Cellars is a metal Big Bottle Wall Mount, with an option for a Black Satin, Chrome, or Platinum aka Brushed Nickel finish. The wall-mounted wine rack is 30” high and holds four bottles sized from 3L to 6L in angled display. The space between storage mounts is 10 to 14”. Install on or more Big Bottle racks one over the other, for a seamless look.
A 3-liter, or Double Magnum, holds four standard bottles of wine. A 6-liter is an “Imperial” aka “Methuselah,” and it is equivalent to eight standard bottles of wine or two Double Magnums.
Another quality wine rack specifically for large format bottles is the 1.5L Single Column Magnum Wood Wine Rack 7ft-plus. Toasted Maple, Sapele (African Mahogany), and Beech are the available types of wood for this wine rack for large format bottles. The rack is full wine bottle depth and holds 17 magnum bottles of wine.
Premier Cru Wood Wine Rack Kits
Arguably the best wood kit racks on the market are Premier Cru Wood Wine Rack Kits 7ft-plus. They are full wine bottle depth and available in a wide variety of modules, so that wine storage can be fully customized. Large format bottles can fit in diamond racks, whether all racks are the diamond configuration or the rack is a combination of individual standard-sized wine bottle racks and diamonds.
VCanter – Wine Pouring & Decanting System
VCanter wine systems assist in pouring and decanting very large bottles of wine.
There are several models, including:
- A 6L model designed to help pour a Methuselah; and
- A 27L model for pouring the massive Goliath, which is the equivalent of 36 bottles.
Contact Rosehill Wine Cellars for all the quality wine storage racking you may need, including wine racks for large format bottles.